CAMDEN — On Tuesday, October 29, at 2 p.m., The Camden Public Library, with support from Maine Coastal Senior College, presents a program to kickoff a year-long examination and celebration of the State of Maine’s bicentennial.
University of Maine professor of history Liam Riordan will give an illustrated presentation and discussion exploring the long statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable today, according to the Library, in a news release.
Riordan will focus on four themes that bridge 200 years in telling ways: the “two Maines” and sharp partisan conflict; the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis; Wabanaki sovereignty, and the uncertain location and meaning of the international border.
Liam Riordan received his undergraduate B.A. in history at the University of California, Berkeley, and his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a faculty member in the Department of History at the University of Maine in Orono since 1997.
He is a specialist on the American Revolution — especially the religious, racial and ethnic diversity in the Philadelphia region from 1770 to 1830. As a result of having his Canadian consciousness raised by moving to Maine, he has an ongoing research project about Loyalists, (those who opposed the American Revolution).
Riordan currently serves on the City of Bangor’s Commission for Cultural Development. He was the director of the University of Maine Humanities Center from 2014 to 2016, and is a past board member of the Maine Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also actively involved in Maine National History Day, a statewide history contest for middle and high school students.
For more information on this presentation, visit librarycamden.org.